The Hertog War Studies Summer Program provides students with a unique opportunity to learn alongside academic and military leaders and engage in challenging coursework on topics including past and future military doctrine, past military operations, and the lessons they teach us for the future.

Throughout this program students will be exposed to the technical language of war, military doctrine, the organization and functioning of armed forces, and the relationship between armies and states.

Each day consists of morning and afternoon seminars led by our four permanent instructors. Some days include small-group discussions with a distinguished guest lecturer in the afternoon or evening. Students will learn about three periods of history that will give them the foundations for understanding modern conflict:

  • The Emergence of Modern War and Military Theory, 1805-1914
    • Napoleon and His Interpreters
    • Clausewitz on War and Policy
    • Moltke and Bismarck—War and Policy in Practice
    • Schlieffen—War as Apolitical Mechanism
    • Battlefield staff ride to Gettysburg
  • War in the 20th Century
    • Technology and Military Change
    • Armored Warfare and Operational Art
    • Advent of Airpower
  • America’s Counterinsurgencies, 2001-present
    • Iraq
    • Afghanistan

Students will examine these periods of history in chronological order, through the lens of unifying themes that will provide context on modern military strategy and warfare. At the end of this program, students will have:

  • Learned the technical language and grammar of military force;
  • Mastered the basics of military theory;
  • Understood the relationships between war and politics, and between the armed forces and political leadership;
  • Experienced a battlefield staff ride to understand the relationships between terrain, time, and decision-making in war.